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Support Back Bay Mission by Hosting a Shrimp Boil!

By | Events, Giving Opportunities

Last week, we posted some photos from a shrimp boil hosted by our friends at Uplands Village in Pleasant Hill, Tennessee. For decades, shrimp boils have been a traditional way for churches to support Back Bay Mission. Every year, churches and other organizations around the country host these simple events. Through them, congregations strengthen neighborhoods, seek justice, and transform lives on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Traditionally, shrimp boils are simple events that any church can easily host. And to make it easier, we’ve prepared this short guide to hosting one! We hope you’ll take a look and consider supporting Back Bay Mission by hosting your own shrimp boil.

Shrimp Boil Basics

Shrimp boils are informal events. The traditional Gulf Coast shrimp boils recipe is nothing more than water, shrimp, lemon, seasoning, heat, and time. The cooked and drained shrimp is then poured out over newspaper-covered tables and served with cocktail sauce and drinks. Cleanup is taken care of by gathering everything on the table and putting it right in the trash. No dishes or silverware means no fuss, no muss.

When it comes to programming, we generally suggest dinner first. An hour for dinner and an hour (or less) for a program strikes a good balance between fun and learning. The program portion of the evening can be taken care of by volunteers from your congregation, people in your area who have agreed to represent the Mission, or even Mission staff!

Shrimp boils raise money either through ticket sales or free-will offerings (or both). These, too, keep things simple. Ticket costs can be based on the amount it costs to host the event. Free-will offerings may mean that the church has to cover at least some of the cost of the meal. Either way, if the audience is excited to be supporting a good cause, these can raise money to support Back Bay Mission.

Of course, different churches do things differently. Some congregations prepare low country shrimp boils with sausage, potatoes, corn, and more. Some serve their boils on plates. Some add salads, garlic bread, and non-shrimp options. Some raise money through silent auctions and raffles. Some have wine pulls. Shrimp boils are as diverse as the congregations that host them.

Below, we’re going to give some suggestions on hosting a shrimp boil that you can mix and match. This will help you make your shrimp boil yours while keeping the common core that brings all shrimp boils together: strengthening neighborhoods, seeking justice, and transforming lives.

The Food

Gulf Coast shrimp boils are usually simple. This recipe will serve eight, so multiply accordingly:

  • Thaw and separate 5 lbs. of frozen shrimp. We suggest 26/30 count shrimp, which means 26 to 30 shrimp per pound. These are sometimes labelled ‘Extra Large’ shrimp.
  • Bring 3/4 gallons of water, 1/2 cup of salt, 1/2 cup of lemon juice, and 1 oz. Zatarain’s liquid shrimp and crab boil (or 1 bag Zatarain’s dry shrimp and crab boil) to a boil.
  • Add the shrimp to the water.
  • Boil the shrimp for four to six minutes. After that, remove a shrimp from the water, shock it in cold water, and test it for doneness. If done, the shell will be separating from the flesh, which will be firm and white.
  • Once the shrimp is done, remove it from heat and 1/2 gallon of cold water to stop the cooking process. Steep the shrimp for three to five minutes. Drain and serve hot.

You might prefer a low country shrimp boil, with more ingredients. And many congregations add salads, garlic bread, and cocktail sauce. You can find some recipes here:

You may also want to have a non-shrimp option for kids or others who might just not like shrimp.

The Service

Traditional shrimp boil service is simple. Cover tables with old newspaper and pour the shrimp over the table. Guests can grab, peel, eat, and deposit their peels right on the table. This makes cleanup easy as well: just grab everything and put it in the trash. Most churches that host shrimp boils do something like this, though many also have plates for people. Choose something that fits the personality of your congregation, but we recommend against buffets or formal table service.

The Program

Part of the purpose of any shrimp boil is to introduce people to – or update people about – Back Bay Mission. Usually, this is done through a program after dinner. There are a few different options for a great program.

If you’re church has recently gone on a mission trip to Back Bay Mission, your volunteers might be able to put a great program together. They can share about their experiences and about what they learned while they were with us in Biloxi.

If you’re new to Back Bay Mission, don’t have any volunteers in your congregation, or just want something a little more special, contact church relations associate Christopher Marlin-Warfield (by phone at 228-243-5322 or ). He’ll be happy to come to your shrimp boil (or, if he’s unavailable, set up a visit from other Mission staff, a member of our Board of Directors, or a volunteer in your area). Please note that we can only send staff is the shrimp boil is raising money specifically for the Mission.

Plan on leaving about an hour for the program.

Raising Money

The other part of the purpose for a shrimp boil is to raise money. There are a few great ways to do this.

First, you can sell tickets. Your best bet here is to figure out the cost per serving and double or triple it. This will make sure that you cover costs and that you raise additional money for the Mission.

Second, you can take a free will offering. This can be done by having baskets for donations on the tables or by passing a basket through the crowd.

Third, some churches decide to add other options for raising money. They can be a lot of work, but silent auctions, raffles, and other events can raise significant amounts of money. Check your state and local laws before raising money in ways other than ticket sales and free will offerings. Some fundraisers, like raffles, are regulated.

Conclusion

Shrimp boils are a great way to introduce your congregation to Back Bay Mission while raising money to strengthen neighborhoods, seek justice, and transform lives on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. We hope you’ll consider hosting one at your church or organization. Once you’ve decided to do that – or if you want to explore the idea some more – contact Church Relations Associate Christopher Marlin-Warfield (by phone at 228-243-5322 or ) and let us know!

You Can Help Someone Move Towards Self-Sustainability

By | Bridges Out of Poverty, Giving Opportunities, Sustainability Ministries, Veterans

This summer, a generous donor agreed to match up to $10,000 in donations to the Mission’s Client Sustainability Campaign. The Client Sustainability Campaign is supporting three vital Mission ministries: our Bridges Out of Poverty program, our community health initiatives, and our Veterans Support Fund.

Thanks to people just like you, we raised more than $37,000 this summer! That brings the total amount raised to almost $60,000!

But that doesn’t mean we’re done. This year, we’re hoping to raise $150,000 for these important ministries; ministries that help people begin making their journeys out of poverty and towards self-sustainability.

Bridges out of Poverty helps people move out of poverty through an evidence-based curriculum that includes mentoring. A 16-week class helps participants create plans and strategies what will help them achieve their goals. During and after that class, participants receive mentoring from community members as well as ongoing support from Mission staff.

Our community health initiatives help people be good stewards of their health. Through classes and activities, participants learn about common health problems and how to prevent them. Through case management, people with health problems are supported through their illness. Together, these initiatives address the barriers caused by poor health, make our community healthier, and position our neighbors for sustainability.

The veterans support fund gives immediate help to veterans who hit a bump on the road to self-sustainability. This fund helps veterans fix their cars, buy clothes for job interviews, and overcome other obstacles on the way to a better life.

You can be a part of this important campaign! Go to our campaign page to make your gift today, or mail your gift (with a note that it’s to the Client Sustainability Campaign) to Back Bay Mission, PO Box 288, Biloxi, MS 39533.

Have You Thought about Your Legacy?

By | Giving Opportunities

August is national Make a Will month! This is a great opportunity for you to think about what your legacy will be for your family and your favorite charitable organization.

Losing a loved one is always difficult. In the days, weeks, and months of grieving that follow a death, families and friends are left to figure out what the deceased wanted their legacy to be. A will is one way of recording your wishes and sparing your family the struggle of dealing with your estate during this deeply emotional time. National Make a Will month is also a good time to consider funeral arrangements and living wills. All of these things help make sure that your wishes are followed after your passing.

A will or other estate plan is also a great way to strengthen neighborhoods, seek justice, and transform lives through a gift to Back Bay Mission! Your planned gifts to the Mission ensures that powerful ministries like housing rehabilitation, the Micah Day Center, and Bridges Out of Poverty can continue to serve the people of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. More than that, they make sure that we’ll be able to develop new ministries to meet the needs of our community.

There are many ways to leave your legacy at Back Bay Mission. A will is the most common way to make a planned gift, but there are also gifts that provide an income for you during your retirement, gifts that help you reduce or avoid income and estate taxes, and others. Our friends at United Church Funds and Planned Giving Marketing have helped us create a microsite where you can learn more about supporting Back Bay Mission through your legacy.

We hope you’ll take some time this month to consider how you will have a lasting impact on the world, on your community, and on the people of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Please consider making Back Bay Mission part of your legacy.

Support Back Bay Mission on Prime Day

By | Giving Opportunities

Amazon Prime Day begins at 8pm central time tonight (July 10) and runs all day tomorrow (July 11). If you’re a Prime member, this is a great opportunity to use your shopping to support Back Bay Mission! Do your Prime shopping through smile.amazon.com and select Back Bay Mission as your charity, and a portion of your purchase will help the poor and marginalized of the Mississippi Gulf Coast!

Thank you for your support!

Have You Doubled Your Gift?

By | Bridges Out of Poverty, Giving Opportunities, Sustainability Ministries

Did you read our recent post about the amazing work that the Micah Day Center is doing to help people find steady employment? If you did, you know some of what Back Bay Mission is doing to help the people we serve begin their journeys out of poverty and to self-sustainability. This is important work. And we want to do more.

This year, we’re raising $150,000 for three of our ministries that help people towards self-sustainability: Bridges Out of Poverty, community health initiatives, and our veterans support fund. You can read about those programs here.

And now is your chance to support these amazing ministries by having your gift doubled!

From June 1, 2017, until August 31, 2017, a generous donor is matching up to $10,000 in gifts to our client sustainability campaign. We’re well on our way there, but we can’t do it without you.

This is your chance to see your gift do twice the work to help people begin their journeys out of poverty. This is your chance to see your gift do twice the work to strengthen neighborhoods, seek justice, and transform lives!

Head over to our campaign page to make your gift today!

Your Gift… Doubled

By | Bridges Out of Poverty, Giving Opportunities, Sustainability Ministries

You know Back Bay Mission as a place that meets the immediate needs of the poor and marginalized of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Over the last few years, we’ve been adding ministries that not only meet those immediate needs, but help people begin their journeys out of poverty.

And this summer, your gift to those programs could be worth twice as much.

In 2017, we’re raising $150,000 for three vital ministries: Bridges Out of Poverty, community health initiatives, and our veterans support fund.

Bridges out of Poverty helps people move out of poverty through an evidence-based curriculum that includes mentoring. A 16-week class helps participants create plans and strategies what will help them achieve their goals. During and after that class, participants receive mentoring from community members as well as ongoing support from Mission staff.

Community health initiatives help people be good stewards of their health. Through classes and activities, participants learn about common health problems and how to prevent them. Through case management, people with health problems are supported through their illness. Together, these initiatives address the barriers caused by poor health, make our community healthier, and position our neighbors for sustainability.

The veterans support fund gives immediate help to veterans who hit a bump on the road to self-sustainability. This fund helps veterans fix their cars, buy clothes for job interviews, and overcome other obstacles on the way to a better life.

A generous donor has offered to match up to $10,000 in gifts to these programs. Make your gift before August 31, 2017, and it could be matched.

I hope you’ll join us in supporting these powerful ministries. Go to our campaign page and make your gift today!

There’s Still Time to Give Through Birdies for Charity!

By | Giving Opportunities

The Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic has been supporting charities on the Coast through Birdies for Charity since 2010. There’s still time to make your gift!

Will you join all the people who have given more than $9,600 to Back Bay Mission through Birdies for Charity?

You can make your gift to Back Bay Mission through Birdies for Charity through the end of the day on May 5, 2017.

The charities who have collected the most money by May 5, 2017, will receive ‘Bonus Bucks’. The charity with the most money collected will receive a match of up to $7,500. The charity with the second most will receive a match of up to $5,000. The charity with the third most will receive a match of up to $2,500.

Right now, Back Bay Mission is in fourth place! Make your gift now and Mission supporters might be matched up to $2,500!

Please make your gift today.

Entering the Guess the Birdies Contest? The Deadline Is Tonight!

By | Giving Opportunities

Last week, we told you about the Guess the Birdies contest through Birdies for Charity. A pledge to Back Bay Mission through Birdies for Charity is a great way to strengthen neighborhoods, seek justice, and transform lives. It’s also a great way to see your gift make a bigger impact. And, of course, the Guess the Birdies contest is also a chance to win a prize from the Scarlet Pearl Resort.

This is just a friendly reminder that if you’re planning on entering the Guess the Birdies Contest, the deadline is tonight!

Make a Pledge through Birdies for Charity, and You Can Win, Too

By | Giving Opportunities

The Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic is coming up soon. While we’ve been telling you about your chance to make a bigger impact through your pledge, you can also win a prize through Birdies for Charity!

Whether you make a pledge through Birdies for Charity or not, you can enter the Guess the Birdies contest (you do have to complete the form, though). If you correctly guess the number of birdies made this year, you could win a two night hotel stay, dinner for two at the Scarlet Grille, and a round of miniature golf for two at Lava Links, all compliments of the Scarlet Pearl Resort.

You must make your entry to the Guess the Birdies contest by midnight on March 30, 2017.

Birdies for Charity is a great opportunity to make a gift to Back Bay Mission, a chance to have that gift make a bigger impact, and a chance to win a two night stay with the Scarlet Pearl Resort. Make your pledge today!

Have You Made Your Birdies for Charity Pledge?

By | Giving Opportunities

Birdies for Charity is a great way to strengthen neighborhoods, seek justice, and transform lives on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. It’s also a great way to increase the impact of your gift!

When you make a pledge through the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic Birdies for Charity website, you increase the Mission’s chances of receiving Birdies for Charity Bonus Bucks! The charity with the most money collected through Birdies for Charity on May 5, 2017, will see up to an additional $7,500! The charity with the second most, $5,000. The charity with the third most, $2,500.

Your gift to Back Bay Mission always makes a difference in the lives of the people on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Your gift through Birdies for Charity can make an even bigger difference!

Make your pledge today.

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